Roman lie detector. The Bocca della Verità in Santa Maria in Cosmedin

Aventino and Testaccio are neighborhoods of Rome.

Aventino is named for the hill which rises up near the Tiber river and is one of the legendary seven hills of Rome. Diagonally opposite at the end of Circus Maximus is the Celian Hill, another of the seven hills. Testaccio is an area to the southwest of Aventino along the bank of the Tiber and is named for the eighth hill of Rome, a man made hill that was built from discarded pot amphorae (testae) in Roman times. In Testaccio you can find great traditional Roman restaurants, and at night the zone is filled with discos.

Get in

Easy access to Aventino from most areas of Rome. From Termini area take a bus to Piazza Venezia and walk from there to reach Piazza Bocca della Verità.

Testaccio is a short walk from Piramide metro station and there is also a metro Line B station at the end of Circus Maximus. Near Piramide Metro station is Ostiense railway station, with regular connections to and from Fiumicino Airport. From Piramide you can also get trains to Ostia



A view of St Peter's from the orange grove
The Gate on Aventino Hill, Rome with a magnificent view to Vatican through a keyhole
The Temple of Vesta, opposite the Bocca della Verità


The Pyramid
  • Museum of Via Ostiense (Close to Ostiense Railway station. Metro line B. Buses 3, 23, 30, 75, 95, 118, 271, 280, 716),  +39 06 574 3193. 9.30am-1.30pm, 2.30-4.30pm Tue, Thur; 9.30am-1.30pm Wed, Fri. This is a small museum housed inside Porta San Paolo, which records the importance to Rome of the road that connected it to the harbour at Ostia. There are models of old Ostia and Trajan's harbor. Free.



There is usually a temporary food stall near the keyhole (see above) on the Aventino. But the best bet is to buy some food at a shop before you arrive and have a picnic at one of the parks on the Aventino overlooking the Tiber and the city. Volpetti at Via Marmorata 47 has a wide selection of prosciutto, salami, olives and cheeses. Perfect for a picnic. Alternatively, the three bars along the west side of the Viale Aventino all offer tables outside and serve sandwiches, salads and pastas.



Go next

Routes through Aventino-Testaccio

END South Rome  SW  NE  Colosseo Modern Center
Ostia South Rome  SW  NE  END
Fiumicino Airport Trastevere  SW  NE  Nomentano Orte
Viterbo Trastevere  N  S  END
Civitavecchia Trastevere  W  E  Modern Center END

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